Who is the Enemy?
Just the other day, I saw a young woman with a couple of tattoos on her upper back. On one side was a red, devil-like character, and on the other, you guessed it- a bluish-colored angel. We’ve all seen this image in books, magazines, and movies, but I’ve never felt the urge to rush out and get a tattoo.
But, in an odd way, I’m glad she did. If nothing else, she has become a walking billboard for the timeless battle between good and evil- God and devil. And as a Life Coach who strives to get people to really think about their lives, I hope her tattoo gets people to stop and think.
But unlike the almost cartoonish tattoo this woman displays, there is a very real spiritual battle for the choices you and I make on a daily basis. When I speak at my Relationship Recovery Workshops, I share the story about the “Two Powers”.
You see, there are two powers in the universe. There is a Power that has an amazing plan for your life. It’s a plan of peace, abundance, joy, truth, and so much more. It really is greater than anything we could dream up on our own. Oh, yeah, and then there’s another power that wants to kill you.
Jesus said “for I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope”- Jeremiah 29:11. He goes on to say that “the thief (the enemy) comes only to steal and kill and destroy, I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” -John 10:10.
If you’re not a Christian and you’re still reading this, thank you and congratulations. It says to me that you have an open mind and that you’re looking for the similarities and not the differences. The battle between good and evil translates across language, culture, and religion. It’s everywhere- it’s something we can all agree on.
So, what’s the lesson here? As in all areas of life, it starts with awareness. How does the enemy show up and try to “steal, kill, and destroy”?
There’s a million ways.
Let’s start here-
One of the enemy’s oldest tricks is getting you to go with what would “taste” good in the moment rather than “suffer” in order to reach your goals. It’s called temptation, and it has a thousand different forms. Here’s an example we can all relate to.
Debt- It’s easy to get into, but much harder to get out of. What’s worse is when we go into debt for something we don’t even really need. We “want” a shiny, new car, when in fact, we already own a reliable vehicle.
Desire for what we don’t have overpowers our contentedness for what we do have.
We get into debt and later regret it.
The “newness” wears off, but the payments linger on.
Stretch, Grow, Become!
Starting today, begin writing in what I call an “Awareness Journal”. In this journal, keep a spiritual eye out for how the enemy is trying to persuade you into “questionable decisions”. Write it down and see how your attitude evolves. Also, let’s hear what you’ve come up with- how has they enemy attempted to derail your life? The tribe awaits your comments.
Change isn’t easy. If it was, everyone would be living the dream. Having a coach who takes people from where they are to where they want to be makes all the difference. Call me today to learn more.
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